On January 23, 2020, Montclair State University will be hosting a local Open Round competition of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO).

This event is meant to expose high-school students to linguistics, and to increase general awareness of linguistics as an academic discipline.  

In the competition, students solve analytical problems drawn widely from the world's languages.  

The problems require only general reasoning skills. No special knowledge of linguistics or languages is expected.


The competition will be held on


January 23, 2020, at 10:00AM-1:00PM

Feliciano School of Business

3rd floor, Room 327

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ 07043


(Please, arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time!)



1)    From Normal Avenue -- take the College Avenue Entrance

2)    Turn onto College Avenue (Main Campus Entrance directly across from 30 East Normal Avenue)

3)    Continue on College Avenue as it bends to the left.

4)    The Red Hawk Deck Parking Garage will be on your right, adjacent to the Alexander Kasser Theater.

5)    Park in the garage and exit the garage from the Fifth Floor.

6)    Follow the path straight ahead (soccer field on your left) to the Feliciano School of Business building.


 NOTE: when using GPS, use 30 East Normal Avenue, Montclair 07043 | Handicap parking is available in the Red Hawk Deck



NACLO is held in the USA and in Canada. High school students in New Jersey can participate at the local competition site at Montclair State University.


Students can register for the contest online with the central North American organization:


The principle NACLO site ( has rules and practice problems for students to review, and all the details about the event.


See practice problems at


Linguistics is not usually introduced at the high-school level, so students who enter college are often unaware of it as a choice.

Linguistics is the general study of language. It addresses such questions as properties that languages have in common; how language is learned, produced, and understood;

how languages change through time and vary across geographic regions or social strata; and the design of language technologies such as speech recognition, machine translation and information retrieval.



NACLO is currently sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, Google, the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), and Cambridge University Press.


Top scorers in the Open Round in January will be eligible to compete in an Invitational Round on March 5, 2020.

Winners of that competition will be eligible to participate in the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO). This year it will take place in Ventspils, Latvia



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at



Anna Feldman, Ph.D.


Computer Science & Linguistics